Happy 2018 & December 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Happy New Year! As per usual, I’m writing about what I read in December 2017, finishing 3 books.

I decided to read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne after some recommendations from Booktubers. I thought since it’s a romantic contemporary, it’ll help me get out of the reading slump I was in. It’s about two co-workers who hate each other and find themselves competing for the same position. I thought the characters were well developed but the writing style left much to be desired. In the last few chapters, I found myself speed reading/skimming just to finish because of slow pacing.

Next, I read Blessings by Anna Quindlen, which I bought from a used bookstore for no other reasons except that I recognized the author. I had read her non-fiction book A Short Guide to a Happy Life a few years ago. I read this for the Readers Crossing reading challenge. Blessings is about a man fresh out of jail who gets a job as groundskeeper for an old lady who lives and owns Blessings, an estate. One morning he finds a newborn baby in a box on the doorstep of the house and the story goes on from there. I really liked the writing style and the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it.

Lastly, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which I also read for the Readers Crossing challenge and I also purchased from the used bookstore at random. It’s a very amusing book about a geeky professor who is trying to find the perfect wife using a questionnaire¬†he created. Sometimes the writing style was a little confusing and it takes a bit to get used to. Otherwise, I thought the characters were well developed especially the protagonist. I recommend this one.

Even though I read 76 books in 2017, my reading goal was to finish 50 books. Take a look at my favorite books of 2017. In 2018, I want to finish at least 50 books as well. I’m thinking of doing this 50 DIY Reading Challenges.

What is your reading goal form 2018?

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Nora

October 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

Hello! In October I tried to read 14 books because I would like to read 100 books by the end of the year but I fell one short. But I’m 72 books into 100 books so I’m almost there but if I can’t do it, it’s okay. Here’s what I read in October:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Batman: The Complete Hush by Jeph Loeb
  3. Post Office by Charles Bukowski
  4. This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
  5. Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  6. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  7. A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena
  8. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  9. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  11. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 2 by Hiromu Arakawa
  12. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  13. Push by Sapphire

What did you read in October?

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Nora

September 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

I didn’t think it would be but September was a good reading month. Here’s what I read:

  1. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
  3. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. Read my review.
  7. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  8. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Read my review.
  9. Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I read a total of 2,372 pages! What did you read in September?

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Nora

August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

I read quite a few books in August thanks to two readathons this month, so I have linked some books to my short reviews on my Goodreads.

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. Just So Happens by Fumio Obata
  3. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  5. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  6. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  7. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  8. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  9. The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  11. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  12. One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh

Total Pages Read: 2,661

You might have noticed that I didn’t link reviews to some books. This is because I’ve been thinking a lot about book reviews and reviews in general. I feel that they are so subjective. I think about when I read reviews or watch them on BookTube, even if the person reviewing didn’t love the book or loved it, it doesn’t have an influence on whether or not I will read that book. So I’ve stopped reviewing and rating books with stars. I will just be doing a wrap-up and book tags and top 5’s on my blog. Also, I do plan on posting about different subjects besides books.

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Nora

Bout of Books Readathon 2017 – Wrap Up & Thoughts

Bout of Books Readthon

Last week, I participated in another readathon called Bout of Books. It was right after 7 in 7 Readathon. I felt kinda burnt out after having read 7 books in a week so I think that may be why I only finished two books and one of them I had already started. But nonetheless, I met a wonderful bunch of people and had fun.

I read One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh and Alone With You by Marisa Silver. Read my thoughts on these books next week on my August Wrap Up post.

Did you join Bout of Books? If so, how did it go?

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Nora

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7 in 7 Readathon 2017 Wrap Up

7 in 7 Readathon

I found out about a readathon from Lala called the 7 in 7 Readathon, where you read 7 things in 7 days. They could be short books, long books, graphic novels, verse… anything as long as you can read it. So opted for 7 short books that I rented out from the library. I was able to read all 7 books within the 7 days! Yay!

My favorite books, in no particular order, are The Stranger, Kitchen, and Coraline. If you like stats, all 7 books totaled 1,002 pages.

  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  2. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  3. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  4. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  5. The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

A more detailed post of my thoughts on each book will be in my August Wrap Up post next month.

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Nora

June & July 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

June

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – Read this in one sitting. An awesome book.
Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham ¬†– Overall, the Fables series is well written and illustrated but at times I feel that there are too many branches to the tree, too many stories going on when I mostly just want to read about Bigby and Snow. I don’t know if I’ll continue reading Fables as I want to read other graphic novels as well.

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March 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

In March, I read a total of five books and only abandoned one. Personally, I don’t like rating books by stars so here on my blog I’m going to categories them into Loved, Really Liked and Liked. Usually, I stop reading a book of I don’t like it so those go under Abandoned. On Goodreads, I don’t rate books. I purely use it for how many books I’ve read and haven’t read.

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